It's the beginning of 2023, and everyone is starting their new year's resolutions. Whether for you that may be a new work out routine, a new eating habit, or different work hours, you might be wondering how to upgrade your daily routine.
The hard part about that thought is that it's false if you look to the world to tell you how to live. Every day, we go on Pinterest and immediately see the "That girl" trend and new workout ideas from TikTok, and it can be hard to feel content with your schedule.
The good thing is, God has uniquely planned out each day before us. Every day, we live out the day that He has made. On the easy and fun days, it can be easy to agree with and remember that.
So why is it that on hard days we put all of the weight and blame on ourselves of not being good enough?
Some days go mostly how I planned them: I spent time with God first, I got a healthy breakfast in, worked, did a workout, got all of my household responsibilities done, ran some errands, cooked a healthy dinner, and spent quality time with loved ones.
And then there are other days where it goes exactly the opposite: I scrolled on my phone for a while instead of spending time with God, I didn't eat breakfast, I didn't work out, I forgot to do some of my household responsibilities, I barely survived running errands and crashed for the rest of the day, and my mental health fell off a cliff.
And some days are a mix of both days.
Not to sound dramatic at all, but can anyone relate? You're trying to form a schedule and get all of your work and tasks done and feel accomplished at the end of the day, but some days it just doesn't work out.
If there's anything that God has shown me in this situation it's this: that Jesus is enough for me.
That might sound short and simple, but it really is the answer. He is enough. And because of that, we don't have to strive to be enough for the world every day.
To wake up and spend our first moments with Him daily and do what He wants us to do every day is enough.
You might be wondering, "Well, how do I plan for the future?"
First off, Jesus has the future in His hands. He knows what needs to happen every day, and thankfully, it's not going to look like Pinterest and TikTok routines- even though they can be fun at times.
Jesus wants us to workout, be active, eat clean, and take care of our responsibilities. He also wants us to tune in to His plan that is good and perfect. If we pray and ask for His guidance and provision, He will take care of us.
I'm learning to ask God what He wants me to focus on each day, and what to not focus on.
What if others think it's not enough?
Do you ever wonder if you're not doing enough in your day because someone else is doing more than you are? Or if you shouldn't rest because others don't?
These thoughts bombard my mind a lot. But here's the thing: Being God's son or daughter is the key to life, not doing every single thing, every single day.
Even if just you and God see what you do every day- The healthy meals you cooked to nourish your body, the 10 minute workout you disciplined yourself to do, the extra hours you spent working, and the moments you spent serving the Lord- that is enough.
If you're confused about what your time every day should look like, talk to God and pray for guidance for today and the future. Ask God what you should get rid of in your life to make room for the things He wants you to commit to. Write down a schedule after praying to Him and reading His word for guidance.
Let God tell you what is important and what is not important in your life, and I promise you, you will find the greatest schedule for yourself in 2023 and the years to come. If your day was spent serving the Lord and doing His will, your day was enough.
Verses to reflect on:
"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." - Matthew 6:34
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gently and lowly at heart, and you will find rest for your souls." - Matthew 11:29
"The Lord replied, ' I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest." - Exodus 33:14
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men," - Colossians 3:23
"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." - Proverbs 16:3